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Creative Writing Doctorate

The Ph.D. in Creative Writing Concentration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites you to join our close, energetic community of faculty and students.

Our Ph.D. in English is unique in that it is a generalist program. That means you as a student gain broad expertise in a variety of creative writing genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction. It also means that you’ll strengthen your understanding of literature, and develop solid pedagogical practice by instructing undergraduate courses in literature and creative writing.

The generalist program ensures graduates who opt for academic positions are qualified to teach in several areas. Graduates concentrating in Creative Writing who opt for academic positions are qualified to teach in several areas of literature in addition to creative writing. Graduates who choose careers outside of the academy will have experience managing a classroom while teaching and designing their own courses, and alternative assistantships are available, in the Ernest Gaines Center or the Women's Studies program, for example, that develop skills outside the classroom. All regular Graduate Assistants begin by teaching composition, Introduction to Academic Writing, and later have opportunities to teach 200-level surveys, as well as to propose topic-oriented sophomore classes. You will also teach a creative writing class and have pedagogical training for creative writing workshops.

In addition. we offer a  professional development series meant for new graduate students, as well as a job market workshop series.

You will be able to gain professional development experience through working on the University-supported in-house print journal The Southwestern Review, and our online literary journal Rougarou. Students also read at our Thursday Night Reading Series (TNRS), and often attend the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference where our graduate creative writers host an annual off-site reading. Creative writers also have the opportunity to present their work at the Deep South in the Global South graduate conference we put on each year through a creative plenary and creative panels.

In addition to our great faculty, and writers-in-residence, our creative writing program is enhanced by the Deep South Festival of Writers.

Thinking about enrolling for your Ph.D. after completing an MFA in creative writing? John Vanderslice, Associate Professor in the Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing Department at University of Central Arkansas, has written some advice for you based on his experience earning his Ph.D. at UL Lafayette.

Apply to Write with Us

In addition to the PhD in English application requirements, the department requires a creative writing portfolio. You should submit a creative writing sample of 15-20 pages as part of their application directly to the graduate coordinator for incoming students, Dr. Elizabeth Bobo at englgrad@louisiana.edu. PDFs are preferred.

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